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Crafting the Light….beyond natural light.

November 1st, 2014 Comments off

We perceive light in slants, rays, patches of brightness that illuminate textures and surfaces. When Dawn caresses the land with her golden fingertips, the earth awakens. By day, a world basked in natural sunlight is one where colors glow richer and truer. In a beam of sun slanting through window blinds at dusk, a hundred specks of dust come alive, swirling in a unique pattern of dance, a world that remained invisible in the absence of light. By night, the dull yellow of a street lamp can alter colors far from their original shade. Shadows elongate along dark pavement, and sometimes, even the familiar faces of friends can appear ghastly.

Photographers always stress the importance of light. We aim to use natural lighting when possible as it makes for richer, unaltered photos, but the wrong kind of weather or environment can cause light to be too dull or harsh, therefore making or breaking a shot in the hands of the inexperienced. When Mother Nature doesn’t feel like being generous with her infinite beauty, our team adds professional lighting to save the scene.

The photo below was taken at The Mountain Terrace in Woodside, home of giant, rich redwoods, creating a perfect opportunity to stage a fantastical forest scene. Some natural light does filter through the dense canopy. The picture was taken in the daytime when the most light could be captured for the area, but it is still too dark to highlight the facial expressions of the bride and groom.

Many details of the textured redwood trunks are also lost at the center focal point of the image. By applying a simple artificial light from the right, the natural sunlight from above becomes balanced. Skin tones glow healthy instead of appearing dull; the bride’s white dress, veil, and even hair ornament become prominent instead of receding into the background; and—more importantly—the joy on her face can be seen. Shooting the trees at an upward angle also shows off the filtration of sunlight through the forest and gives the bright green leaves a lacey effect—a balance of soft edges to the steadfastness and strength of the redwood trunks.

Natural light photo

professional light photo

Those Little Moments | L. A’s and D’s Wedding

October 26th, 2012 Comments off

We recently had the privilege of shooting a wedding at the lovely and rustic Heather Farm Community Center. Having known the bride through a photography class led by us and having them point friends our way for wedding photography, we felt our relationship was better defined from the time we shared together up to their wedding. That is why we were taken aback and saddened when we received word that they were dissatisfied with the last few hours of their wedding photography coverage, as is evident through their Yelp reviews. We understand it takes both time and effort to construct meaningful reviews so that future clients can be better informed about a business. Constructive criticism also gives us the chance to learn, grow, and improve our skills, so we thank them for their candid insights.

What we would like to look back upon—as we encourage every couple—are not those little moments that bring up feelings of hurt, resentment, or lowered expectations. We at Capture the Love Photography understand the immense amount of work leading up to a wedding and the incredible amount of stress that couples endure to make it through their special day. This is why we urge them to reflect back on their wedding day with feelings of love, joy, and happiness—kernels essential to creating positive memories and nurturing relationships.

Sometimes, photographers and clients don’t see eye-to-eye; these things happened, and we could only hope to learn by discovering where this lack of synergy arose. But when we shot their wedding, these were the things we wanted to capture; if they could look with our eyes, we hope they feel the resonance of all the good intentions and well-wishes we have for them. We see. . .

A beautiful and confident bride:
A beautiful and confident bride

An image reflected like facets on a diamond:
An image reflected like facets on a diamond

The eternal longevity of jewelry—as enduring as love—wrapped around ephemeral
blooms with their fleeting beauty:
The eternal longevity of jewelry—as enduring as love—wrapped around ephemeral blooms with their fleeting beauty

Family ties captured on a momentous day in time as people continue to age:
Family ties captured on a momentous day in time as people continue to age

A play of sunshine and shadows on a warm afternoon:
A play of sunshine and shadows on a warm afternoon

The warm glow from a captured kiss amidst loved ones celebrating:
The warm glow from a captured kiss amidst loved ones celebrating

Love floating as light as air around a new bride and groom:
Love floating as light as air around a new bride and groom

Ceremonious balloons at the ceremony:
Ceremonious balloons at the ceremony

Balloons in the air:
Balloons in the air

Moments captured:
Moments captured

Silhouette in a cool sunset:
Silhouette in a cool sunset

Under a flowering tree:
Under a flowering tree

The party in low moon:
The party in low moon

In photography as well as in life, everyone experiences the good alongside the bad, those distorted, unflattering, and painful images or moments that you would rather filter out and lock away. But inevitably intermingled with those experiences are also the ones that you would cherish forever and never forget, those that shape the integrity of your character and bring out the best in you.

Which memories do you choose to take with you?